InBrief

SEARCH ALL POSTS

Allowances paid to Crown witnesses

Thu May 31 2012

Attorney General Greg Smith SC has approved an increase in allowances paid to Crown witnesses by 2.2 per cent as set in the Scale of Allowances Paid to Witnesses. The scale will take effect from 1 July 2012. It is also planned to increase the rates of payment to jurors under the _Jury Regulation 2010 _by 2.2 per cent effective from 1 July 2012.

1 June�2012

Transcript of Bar Association evidence before the WorkCover inquiry

Thu May 31 2012

On 21 May the Bar Association, along with the Law Society and the Australian Lawyers Alliance, gave evidence�before�public hearings held�by Joint Select Committee on the NSW Workers Compensation Scheme.�The chair of the Common Law Committee, Jeremy Gormly SC and Elizabeth Welsh of that committee gave evidence on behalf of the association. Click here to view�the corrected transcript.�Transcripts of the other public hearings held on 25 May and 28 May can be accessed here.

31 May 2012

Bar Association 2012-2013 committees and Women Barristers Forum

Wed May 30 2012

Yesterday's In Brief�announced the Bar Association's 2012-2013 committees. The 2012-13 Women Barristers' Forum, which is a Section of the Association, was not included in that list. The WBF members�are:

Sandra Duggan SC (Chair) Margaret Holz (Vice-Chair) Kerrie Leotta (Treasurer) Lee-May Saw (Deputy Treasurer) Amy Douglas-Baker (Secretary) Rosalind Winfield Josephine Kelly Sue Kluss Kylie Nomchong Anne Gibbons Mandy Tibbey Brenda Tronson Tatiana Stack Sarah Talbert Larissa Andelman

30 May 2012

Papers to note: Federal Court Practice Note ARB 1

Wed May 30 2012

The chief justice of the Federal Court�has�revoked Practice Note ARB 1 and replaced it with a revised version�– Proceedings under the International Arbitration Act 1974. Practice Note ARB 1 sets out the arrangements for proceedings before the court in which orders are sought under the International Arbitration Act 1974 (Cth) and must be read in conjunction with Division 28.5 of the Federal Court Rules 2011 which addresses the applications that may be made under the Act.

30 May 2012

Law Teachers Association Conference (ADVERTISEMENT)

Wed May 30 2012

The 2012 Australasian Law Teachers Association (ALTA) Conference will be hosted by the University of Sydney Law School, from the 1 - 4 July 2012. The theme of the conference will be�"Legal Education for a Global Community".

In�an increasingly interconnected academic fraternity, scholarly dialogue transcends national boundaries. Quality legal research increasingly incorporates a comparative approach and the application of comparative research efforts are bearing fruit through engagement in law and development, social justice and human rights work.

The theme of this year’s conference reflects this increasingly global outlook and invites comment debate and discussion on the benefits and challenges raised by this developing perspective.

Key speakers

The Hon Kevin Rudd, MP – former prime minister of Australia The Hon Justice Virginia Bell – High Court of Australia The Hon Justice Tom Bathurst – chief justice of the Supreme Court of NSW The Hon Justice James Allsop – president of the Court of Appeal of NSW The Hon Justice Michael Slattery – Supreme Court of NSW Professor Mitch Bailin – associate dean of Georgetown Law School Professor Michael Coper – dean, ANU College of Law and vice president, International Association of Law Schools

This is a fantastic opportunity to participate in a robust dialogue around the constant challenges, opportunities and new parameters facing educators and scholars in the twenty first century.

Registrations are open until 27 June 2012.

For Information and Registration: http://sydney.edu.au/law/alta/index.shtml� For Conference enquiries, please contact:

Chloe Wyatt Conference Organiser, on behalf of ALTA and Sydney Law School ALTA@theideasunit.com.au

4 June�2012

Practising Certificate Renewals Update No.5

Wed May 30 2012

There is only one more week to renew your practising certificate by the due date - Thursday, 7 June 2012. DO NOT WAIT until you have confirmation of insurance to return your completed renewal form and payment.� Preliminary processing of your practising certificate can begin and your insurance can be matched up with your renewal documentation once confirmation of insurance is received.�If you have questions regarding the completion of your renewal documentation, please contact the certification officer, Barrie Anthony ph: (02) 9232 4055, or e-mail certification@nswbar.asn.au.

30 May 2012

Bar FC loses to Middletons

Wed May 30 2012

Recent adverse comments from senior members of the bar and stern criticism from some sectors of the judiciary did nothing to dampen the hopes and expectations of a vibrant and experienced NSW Bar FC when it came up against a younger, stronger and fitter troupe from Middletons on Monday, who would have been better suited in the higher ranks of the amateur leagues than on the Domain.

Middletons put on 3 unanswered goals in the first term but NSW Bar FC’s backline of Peden, Younan, de Meyrick, debutant Pouyan Afshar (recruited fresh from the readers’ course) and Captain (John) Harris in goals repelled repeated assaults to render our young rivals goal less in the second and final term. Smith and Free had solid performances in the mid-field providing a few opportunities for Tynan and Bolger up front who were unlucky not to score. A couple of long-range attempts from de Meyrick and Vickers looked impressive and were just shy of their marks. Vickers was at pains to point out that he normally plays "at altitude" and that if he'd been playing in�the Hills District the result of his shot on goal might well have been different.

NSW Bar FC next plays on Monday, 4 June 2011 at 1.15 pm against Reserve Bank. Members of the bar and the judiciary are always welcome to support.

Circuit, District or Trial Court? Government seeks new name for Federal Magistrates Court

Tue May 29 2012

The Australian Government is seeking a new name for�the Federal�Magistrates Court.� Attorney General Roxon says "the title of 'Magistrate' no longer adequately reflects the expanded role and responsibilities of an FMC judicial officer working in a Chapter III federal Court." The government is aiming to complete the consultation by the end of August. Learn more>

29 May 2012

Lunchtime yoga classes resume on Thursday

Tue May 29 2012

Weekly lunchtime yoga classes will resume in the Bar Association Common Room this from Thursday, 31 May 2012. Lunchtime classes have been steadily increasing in popularity and now return from a brief hiatus due to the Bar Practice Course. Come along, roll out your mat and loosen up! For more information, contact instructor Jolie.

29 May 2012

Law Council urges respect for the rule of law in PNG

Tue May 29 2012

The Law Council of Australia�has issued a media release expressing its�deep concern�over the ongoing threat to the rule of law in Papua New Guinea.�It supports the statement issued by LAWASIA on 25 May and notes under the Papua New Guinea Constitution, Parliament may only exercise authority or direction over the judiciary through legislation.

29 May 2012

Bar Association 2012-2013 committees

Tue May 29 2012

The president has announced the�Bar Association's 2012-2013 committees. To bring the committees into line with the Bar Association’s statutory reporting requirements, the new committees formally come into effect on 1 July 2012.� However, in practice the 'changeover' will occur over the next few weeks.� The committee secretary will be in contact with the outgoing and new committees to settle the details.

29 May 2012

NSW Government releases WorkCover issus paper

Mon May 28 2012

The New South Wales Government has released an issues paper on the NSW Workers Compensation Scheme,�responding to what it�says is�the "deteriorating performance" of the�scheme and the need�to "provide injured workers with the support they deserve while remaining affordable, fair and competitive for NSW". Learn more >

28 May 2012

LTCS E-News Issue 66

Mon May 28 2012

The Lifetime Care & Support Authority publishes a newsletter, LTCS E-News. Issue 66 is a special edition explaining the changes to the Lifetime Care and Support Guidelines that were gazetted on 25 May 2012 and in use from that date onwards. The changes include the revision of two existing parts (Part 1 and Part 8) and the addition of three new parts (Part 16, 17 and 18). Download a copy of LTCS E-News>

28 May 2012�

ABA Appellate Advocacy Course

Mon May 28 2012

Expressions of interest are now being taken for the Australian Bar Association’s Appellate Advocacy Course to be held in Sydney between 5 and 7 October 2012. Learn more>

28 May 2012

Sign up for Administrative Appeals Tribunal alerts

Fri May 25 2012

The Administrative Appeals Tribunal has launched a new email notification service which allows updates from the Tribunal to be sent to a nominated email address.

In order to subscribe, visit the AAT's website, fill out the form and click "subscribe".

25 May 2012

Reminder: swearing in ceremony to mark Magistrate Gordon Lerve

Thu May 24 2012

Magistrate Gordon Lerve will be sworn in as a judge of the District Court on Thursday, 31 May, 2012 at 9.30 a.m. in Court 21A John Maddison Tower, Level 21, 86-90 Goulburn Street. The Attorney General will speak on behalf of the New South Wales Bar.

29 May�2012

Federal Court of Australia full court and appellate sitting dates for 2013

Thu May 24 2012

The chief justice of the Federal Court�has approved the dates for the sitting of the full court in 2013.

Subject to there being sufficient business, the full court and appellate sittings of the Federal Court of Australia during 2013 will be held in all capital cities within the periods indicated below:

  • 11 February – 8 March 2013
  • 29 April - 24 May 2013
  • 29 July - 21 August 2013
  • 4-29 November 2013

Any urgent matter may be transferred to a place of sitting other than that at which the matter was heard at first instance. If the circumstances require it, a full court may sit to hear matters on dates other than those listed.

24 May 2012

Seminar on proportionate liability for building professionals

Thu May 24 2012

The Australian Construction Law Discussion Group will hold a seminar on Tuesday, 29 May 2012 regarding "An Update on Proportionate Liability for Building Professionals". The seminar�will be presented by Ben Zipser and chaired by Glen Miller QC at the Bond Cafe, 111 Phillip Street, Sydney,�between�6.00 pm for 6.30 pm. Learn more>

24 May 2012

15 Bobber for His Hon Judge Phillip Mahony SC and His Honour Judge Chris Hoy SC

Thu May 24 2012

The 15 Bobber to celebrate the appointment of his Hon Judge Phillip Mahony SC and his Honour Judge Chris Hoy SC to the District Court of New South Wales will be held on Friday, 22 June 2012. Speaking for his Hon Judge Phillip Mahony SC will be Philip Doherty SC and for his Honour Judge Chris Hoy SC will be Peter Hastings QC. The 15 Bobber will commence at 5.30pm with the speeches beginning at 5.45pm. Pre-registration is $15 and MUST be received by the association by 3.00pm Thursday, 21 June. Reservations made after this time and at the door will be $25. Download a REGISTRATION FORM and return it with payment to Katie Hall at the New South Wales Bar Association, DX 1204 SYDNEY, e-mail khall@nswbar.asn.au or fax 9221 1149.

18 June�2012

The Bar Knit Group meets tonight

Wed May 23 2012

The Bar Knit Group meets on the 4th Wednesday of every month. It will meet at 6.00pm tonight�in the Bar Library. You can work on your current projects or come prepared to knit squares or beanies for charity. Needles and wool can be provided for absolute beginners or those on the run. Refreshments provided.

23 May 2012

PC Renewals Update No.4

Wed May 23 2012

There are only two more weeks to renew your practising certificate by the due date, Thursday, 7 June 2011. DO NOT WAIT until you have confirmation of insurance to return your completed renewal form and payment.� Preliminary processing of your practising certificate can begin and your insurance can be matched up with your renewal documentation once confirmation of insurance is received.�If you have questions regarding the completion of your renewal documentation, please contact the certification officer, Barrie Anthony ph: 9232 4055, or e-mail certification@nswbar.asn.au

23 May 2012

Bar FC suffers its second loss

Tue May 22 2012

It's not yet a form slump, but Bar FC today suffered a narrow and disappointing loss to Corrs 4-3, with the deciding goal scored just seconds from the final whistle.�The result, however, did not overshadow the�return of�two stalwarts of the team, Cameron Jackson and Angus Lang, who together with the whole squad performed their duties with courage, determination and as always, with good humour and a sense of fair play.�NSW Bar FC also thanks the members of the bar and judiciary who lent their support, observations and comments during the game.�Their next game is against Middletons on Monday, 28 May 2012 at 1.15 pm.

22 May 2012